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Motorcycle Licence Types

Age and Power Restrictions

Your age, level and length of experience riding a motorbike will impact the type of licence you are able to apply for. For example, a full ‘A’ licence allows you to ride any bike with any sized engine, but you must be 24 years or older (unless you began riding aged 16 and work your way through the licence categories as soon as you are able to do so) to hold such a licence.

Each type of licence has age and power restrictions associated with them. The most recent change to the motorcycle licencing system was in 2013 when the UK government changed motorcycle licences to conform to the third EU Licencing directive.

This short three-minute clip above explains how the motorcycle licence changes affect people who have already earned a motorcycle licence of any type under the pre-2013 system.

The table below shows which bikes, power restrictions and age groups pertain to each motorcycle licence type.

Licence Type Minimum Age Size of training bike Licence requirements Size of bike you can ride after passing training
AM 16+ 50cc Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), theory test, practical test on an all powered 2-wheeled moped. 50cc
A1 17 to 19+ 125cc Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), theory test, practical test 125cc
A2 19 to 24+ 500cc Theory and practical test (CBT must have already been obtained to completed these tests) or 2 years’ experience on A1 motorbike and a practical test 35Kw (approx. 550 – 600cc)
A (full motorcycle licence) 24 + (or after holding an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years) 600 cc CBT, theory and practical test at 24 years of age or older, or hold an A2 licence for minimum of 2 years and pass a practical test at age 21 or older Any sized bike